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Moss in compost?

Last post 15-06-2009 8:19 PM by BENE. 5 replies.

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  • 10/11/2008 05:52 PM
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    Does anyone know whether it's ok to put moss in compost?  My lawn is more moss than grass and it seems a waste just to dispose of the moss when I rake the lawn, but my gut feeling is that moss won't compost well.  If it won't go in with usual household/garden compost, is there anything else I can do with it?

  • 10/11/2008 06:55 PM
    • sue1002
    • Ipswich, Suffolk
    • 06 Sep 2005
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     You could use it to line hanging baskets.

  • 11/11/2008 03:39 PM
    • Anaxagoras
    • Latvia
    • 11 Nov 2008
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    Moss in compost is OK, but You need to add lime.

  • 11/11/2008 04:42 PM
    • Digger
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    I used moss which i got from next doors lawn to line my hanging baskets with.

    digger Devil Sage of the fells
  • 12/11/2008 10:36 AM
    • Phot's-Moll
    • The sunny South coast.
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    I put moss in my compost heap and it rots down OK. As with anything, don't put a lot in on its own - mix it with other stuff (I use shredded paper)
  • 15/06/2009 08:19 PM
    • BENE
    • 15 Jun 2009
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    We have inherited two compost bins full of moss/grass cuttings. They have been 'rotting' for over TWO years. We began to dig out the compost from the bottom of the bins: but when we found the moss and laid it out on a ledge it became green within a day. Clearly it had not died! or rotted! I am very concerned that if I use this compost I'll be adding moss to the flower beds, and may live to regret it [does it grow all over the beds?] so we dug out all the contents of the two bins and took it to the re-cycling. However, we still have a mossy lawn - bright sunlight, not shaded, so it must be poor drainage. Any thoughts on the effect of 'composted' moss ?